10 things you need to know about Lyme Regis
Your essential guide to Lyme Regis
A sparkling destination for all seasons, the wonderful Lyme Regis boasts a rich history, breath-taking scenery and delectable food and drink. To help you get a feel for the area, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to this popular town and surrounding locations.
1. Lyme Regis is a heavenly base for walkers
The South West Coast Path, the Wessex Ridgeway and the Liberty Trail all pass through the town, so walkers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful and unique routes through the surrounding countryside.
2. Some of the best artisan ice-cream in the South West is available on the waterfront
Kiosk number 3 on Marine Parade is home to Baboo Gelato, an award-winning artisan gelato producer. With incredible flavours like praline pistachio and mango lassie, Baboo Gelato really is one of the best artisan ice-cream creators in the South West.
3. It’s just a 15 minute drive from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage Kitchen
Located in the heart of the historical town of Axminster, just a short journey from Lyme Regis, is the delicious River Cottage Kitchen and Deli. Serving the very best local produce, you can’t beat their incredible Sunday roast.
4. Lyme Regis is home to four unique beaches
With four beaches surrounding the town, you should be able to find a deckchair come rain or shine. Town Beach is manned by RNLI lifeguards during peak season and is perfect for swimming or paddling. Or if you prefer a spot of rock pooling, head over to Church Cliff Beach, where you’ll find an abundance of sea life.
5. It’s the location of the start of the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685
Lyme Regis is steeped in history. In fact, the Duke of Monmouth landed at one of the town’s beaches at the start of the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685. We’d recommend Lyme History Walks for anyone interested in finding out more about the area’s unique heritage.
6. The town’s spectacular seaside theatre has a rich and vibrant history
This incredibly popular venue is set on the waterfront in Lyme Regis. Over 120 years old, Marine Theatre has had many different uses, from sea water baths to a training facility for WW1 soldiers. In the sixties it saw appearances from the likes of The Troggs, Fleetwood Mac and Status Quo. The current programme of events in vibrant and varied, and includes bands, films, comedians and plays.
7. The town is home to an unmissable pizza restaurant straight out of Italy
If you love pizza, you can’t miss a visit to Poco Pizza, a tiny Italian restaurant that serves incredible wood fired pizzas using the finest local ingredients.
8. The surrounding beaches and cliffs are part of the Heritage Coast, a World Heritage Site
Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Beauty at the point where the West Dorset and East Devon coastlines meet, Lyme Regis is set on a World Heritage Site. The surrounding beaches and cliffs are also well-known for fossils, and the town plays host to the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival in May each year.
9. Lyme Regis features in well-loved films and literature
A cultural mecca, Lyme Regis has provided the setting for several programmes and films over the years, including The French Lieutenant’s Woman starring Meryl Streep. The famous harbour wall, or Cobb, also featured in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion.
10. It’s less than ten minutes from our exclusive new property, The Water Tower
Lyme Regis is just a short drive away from our exclusive new property, The Water Tower. Set on the beautiful Rousdon Estate, this premier holiday home boasts a magnificent indoor heated pool, games rooms and a Sonos music system. With so many wonderful activities and restaurants nearby, you won’t find a more luxurious and well-placed property in the area.